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Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, TX

OBITUARY

Leona Jane Gatwood

July 9, 1939September 15, 2019
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Leona Jane Lyda Gatwood, 80, passed into eternal life on September 15, 2019, at St. James House in Baytown, Texas.

Born July 9, 1939 in Burnet, Texas, Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, George Gatwood; her parents Thelma Lucille Anderson Lyda and Eldon Leon Lyda, Sr.; brothers Eldon Leon Lyda, Jr. and Leonard Ray Lyda; and sisters Laura Jean Lyda Valdez and Dixie Aileen Lyda Elrod.

She is survived by her children Clayton James Ellington of Baytown, Texas, Janie Lynne Ellington Smith of Baytown, Texas, Kathy Gatwood Konger and husband Denny of Churubusco, Indiana; Karen Gatwood Peelman and husband Mike of Flower Mound, Texas; and Karla Gatwood Linville and husband Roger of Columbia City, Indiana. Also surviving are sister, Nina LaNelle Lyda, 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, ex-husband James Ellington and wife Frances, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends.

Jane and George were ordained pastors who made several mission trips to Sao Paolo Brazil and the surrounding area. In addition to ministering to the general population there, they also focused on an orphanage.

Jane enjoyed a rich and fulfilling life, with many different jobs, but her greatest joy came from her family and her roles as wife, mother, and especially grandmother.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, Texas 77521.

  • FAMILY

  • George Gatwood, Husband of 38 years, Deceased
  • Thelma Lucille Anderson Lyda and Eldon Leon Lyda, Sr., Parents Deceased
  • Eldon Leon Lyda, Jr. and Leonard Ray Lyda, Brothers Deceased
  • Laura Jean Valdez and Dixie Aileen Elrod, Sisters Deceased
  • Clayton James Ellington, Janie Lynne Ellington Smith, Kathy Gatwood Konger and husband Denny, Karen Gatwood Peelman and husband Mike, and Karla Gatwood Linville and husband Roger, Children
  • Nina LaNelle Lyda, Sister
  • 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, ex-husband James Ellington and wife Frances, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends.

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Memories

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Don Bosley

September 18, 2019

Cousin Jane, what a great time we had discussing genealogy and family history! Thank you so much for your dedication, support and enthusiasm helping to preserve our family stories and fables. Hopefully someone will pick up and carry the torch for us when I join you. I always enjoyed your phone calls to catch up on things.

To your family: My heart felt condolences. I know you will miss Jane as she lived in this world. But now, she is with those who she fondly remembered and all those who she wanted to know. Perhaps, she is learning the truth behind some of the stories she had heard through the years.

Cheryl Nabors

September 18, 2019

For all who loved her gentle spirit we are mourning. I loved my visits and phone calls with Jane so much. We called it our "girl time". I was privileged to have known George as well. Their love for the Lord and for each other was evident in every aspect of their lives.

My life is so much richer for the friendship I had with her. She is forever in my heart. Rest well my sweet friend .... It brings me peace to know that God met her with open arms saying "well done my good and faithful servant".

To her family that she loved so much .... my heart hurts for you at this difficult time. May God bless you and give you much peace.

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